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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Public Hearing, Bid Room, One Ashburton Place, 2nd Floor, Boston

10:00am American Heart Association Heart on the Hill, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Deaf/Hard of Hearing Constituents Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

3:00pm Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, Campus Center at UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

5:00pm Pioneer Valley Reception for Rep. Aaron Vega

5:00pm State Rep. Candidate Francia Wisnewski Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Sen. Ryan Fattman Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Beers with Barbara L'Italien Hudson Meet & Greet

6:00pm Rep. Juana Matias' 31st Birthday Party

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Anne Landry Campaign Kickoff

Must-Reads

The growth of Mass. biotechs is outpacing the number of qualified workers » Boston Globe The biopharmaceutical sector in Massachusetts is growing so fast that companies are struggling to fill vacancies, particularly entry-level jobs that require an associate’s degree and those on t…

Soros cash gives latest boost to Democrats’ 2018 field program » Politico Magazine TALLAHASSEE — A dash of cash from George Soros, a Democratic super-donor and GOP bogeyman, is the first infusion of money to help the Democratic party build a state field program it hopes can u…

Christopher Wylie Warns Senators: Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon Want 'Culture War' » The Huffington Post Cambridge Analytica may technically no longer exist,* but revelations about its conduct before and during the 2016 election continue to raise concerns about how social media can be used to undermine f…

How Democrats Can Beat Trump's White Identity Politics » The Huffington Post The Democratic Party increasingly reflects the affluent and educated ? including donors. Their progressivism focuses less on economic concerns than on equity for women and minorities, and single issue…

Spilka's words, actions at odds on housing choices program » State House News Service The Baker administration seemed to have locked in a powerful ally this week in Sen. Karen Spilka, who stood with state officials at the base of the Grand Staircase and spoke about the value of a progr…

Solar activists lobby for position on legislative radar » State House News Service Clamoring for "long-term stable growth" in their sector, solar industry workers rallied Wednesday for changes that would make it easier and more economical for people to support renewable energy.…

The revolution is real, but it’s unclear whether Sanders will lead it » The Washington Post Democrats across the board are embracing the policies of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — Medicare for all, legal marijuana and free college — but primary results underscore that the 2016 p…

The Democrats’ Drive for 25 in the House: An Update » Sabato's Crystal Ball This piece revisits a proposed path to a Democratic House majority we sketched out in early February. …

State lawmakers push for campaign child care funding » Boston Herald Like politicians don’t have enough perks already, here’s the latest: free babysitting. State lawmakers are making a push to let candidates use their campaign cash to pay for child care e…

"We have to demonstrate to the community that Rady Mom is an elected official, and his conduct has to be above everybody else," Meas said. "He cannot lose his temper and exercise political intimidation tactics that the Cambodian government uses against their opponents," he added.

Democratic Candidate Sam Meas

Speaking about an incident involving his opponent Representative Rady Mom.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Sen. Ed Markey touts 'net neutrality' win, says Trump administration has been put 'on notice' » The Republican U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, praised chamber lawmakers Wednesday for supporting his effort to protect "net neutrality" regulations, offering that the success of his resolution to block new FC…

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey slam FEMA's decision to not offer Disaster Housing Assistance Program to Puerto Rico hurricane evacuees » The Republican U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, expressed frustration Wednesday over FEMA's decision to not offer Disaster Housing Assistance Program to Puerto Rican families displaced by …

Elizabeth Warren Pledges Big Money To ‘Turn Up The Heat On Gerrymandering’ » The Huffington Post Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced Tuesday that she would contribute $175,000 to efforts to Democratic groups trying to win back state legislatures and to fight partisan gerrymandering.…

Business

A bike-share border war has started in Boston » Boston Globe Boston is mounting a counterattack against a new threat breaching its borders: an invasion coming on two wheels.…

As bio convention nears, House passes major life sciences bill » MassLive.com The Massachusetts House on Wednesday nearly unanimously approved a bill to support the state's life sciences industry, legislation which hews closely to the $1 billion, ten-year initiative launched by…

Cybersecurity transplant iboss doubles the size of its Downtown Crossing HQ » Boston Business Journal Cybersecurity company iboss Inc. has signed a lease that will double the size of its Downtown Crossing headquarters a year after the company relocated from San Diego.…

GE, Teradyne urge Trump administration to ditch Chinese tariffs » Boston Business Journal Two Massachusetts-based companies, General Electric Co. and Teradyne Inc., are among those calling on the Trump administration to reconsider imposing tariffs on Chinese goods, saying the measures coul…

Recycling hauler threatens to end pickup if communities don't pay more » South Coast Today New Bedford-based trash hauler ABC Disposal has threatened to stop collecting recyclables in five communities on July 1 unless they agree to cover rising costs, and the communities are threatening to …

Seaport eateries struggle to stay » Boston Herald High rents are choking the food sellers in the booming Seaport say restaurateurs who are leaving or afraid they’ll be forced out of a saturated market they say is making business bad for everyo…

Civil Rights

On 14th anniversary, same-sex marriage seen as "same-old, same-old" » Lowell Sun Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in the United States, which took place here in Massachusetts.…

Crimes

Massachusetts man sentenced after buying guns, explosives in order to kill former Attorney General Martha Coakley, federal judge » MassLive

Education

Protests spread over superintendent search » Eagle Tribune Dissatisfaction with the work of a state-appointed board that is searching for a superintendent of schools grew Tuesday when state Sen. Barbara L'Italien, state Rep. Juana Matias and School Committee …

Focus on what works, Gov. Baker tells Mount Wachusett Community College grads » Worcester Telegram Be constructive. Be positive. Focus on what works. Those were the words of advice Gov. Charlie Baker had for 764 graduates Wednesday night at the 53rd commencement of Mount Wachusett Community College…

Mount Ida's board chair faced questions from skeptical senators as other top college officials skipped oversight hearing » MassLive.com The chair of Mount Ida College's board of trustees was on the hot seat Wednesday, facing questions and assignments of blame from state senators skeptical of a proposed deal involving UMass acquiring t…

Meehan: Many more college closures coming » Commonwealth Magazine LESSONS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts could be used to shape similar deals in the future, according to UMass President Marty Meehan, who to…

Mount Ida's Troubles Began When It Lost Half The Entering Class Of 2012, Board Chair Tells Legislators » WBUR As the sale of Mount Ida College's Newton campus closed Wednesday, state senators said at a hearing that they may subpoena the president of the now-defunct school because he failed to appear at a hear…

UMass President Marty Meehan clashes with state senator over Mount Ida deal » The Republican Mount Ida College students were an "afterthought" as the small private institution looked for a way to avoid bankruptcy and settled on an acquisition deal with UMass Amherst, Massachusetts state Sen. …

School Funding ‘Big Fix’ Makes It into Senate Budget » Revere Journal If the world of education funding has been a massive break over the past three years, then Sen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) is the technician who showed up just in time this year with the parts to fix …

Northeastern University rejects plans to move Marine Science Center to Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item Northeastern University has rejected pleas to move their controversial Marine Science Center from Nahant’s East Point to Lynn.…

Simmering regional rifts exposed by UMass-Mount Ida deal » Lowell Sun

UMass, Mount Ida close on real estate acquisition that shuts down private college » MassLive

Environment

Docs join call for pesticide, bee research » The Salem News Environmental activists hoping to curtail the use of certain insecticides are touting the support of the Massachusetts Medical Society, which adopted a resolution calling for more study of neonicotino…

Mystic River cleanup near Everett casino costs Wynn Resorts nearly double original estimates » Boston Globe It cost twice as much as expected, but after 18 months of work and nearly a million tons of soil removed, Wynn Resorts has finished the cleanup of environmental contamination at the site of its resort…

Study charts Merrimack River stretch » Wicked Local Newburyport The Greater Haverhill Foundation has created and published a new nautical chart by NOAA , which provides safe travel on the Merrimack from the Atlantic to Harbor Place in downtown Haverhill.…

Solar workers, advocates lobby Beacon Hill » The Salem News Clamoring for "long-term stable growth" in their sector, solar industry workers rallied Wednesday for changes that would make it easier and more economical for people to support renewable energy. Afte…

Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House » Commonwealth Magazine THE LEADER OF THE ANTI-PIPELINE FORCES in the House said on Wednesday that the coalition remains strong and could probably defeat any legislative bid to have electric ratepayers finance a new natural …

Clean energy future the focus of Worcester environmental forum » Worcester Telegram Despite a tight deadline, state Senate President Harriette Chandler and other lawmakers said at a forum Wednesday night were hopeful that a major piece of energy legislation will be on Gov. Charlie Ba…

Orange, Shelburne get ‘Green Communities’ money » The Recorder Orange and Shelburne are among the seven western Massachusetts towns to receive a “Green Community” state designation, along with grant money to be used for energy efficiency and moving to…

Gaming

The future of sports viewing — a flurry of in-game bets » Boston Globe It’s a night game, but fans start showing up to the arena by lunch. Some catch a couple European soccer games on the Jumbotron, placing bets in an app with the swipe of a finger.…

Orrall would plan for Lottery to be involved in sports betting » Sentinel & Enterprise Republican treasurer candidate Rep. Keiko Orrall believes the Lottery should be looking for ways that it can become an "active participant" in sports betting after the Supreme Court this week struck d…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Will Give Sports Betting Legalization Serious Consideration » WAMC Massachusetts officials have begun to weigh the pros and cons of legalized sports betting, along with the “hows” and “wheres.” There are a lot of ramifications following Mon…

Health Care

Startup seeks answers to insidious form of epilepsy » Boston Globe Adrian Krainer was shopping for groceries two days before Christmas in 2016 when a colleague called with terrific news.…

Housing

Andover, Methuen Applauded by Gov. Baker for Sustainable Housing Growth » WHAV Andover and Methuen earned accolades from Beacon Hill this week as Gov. Charlie Baker applauded the communities for their commitment to sustainable housing growth.…

Spilka’s words, actions seem at odds on Mass. housing choice program » Worcester Telegram The Baker administration seemed to have locked in a powerful ally this week in Sen. Karen Spilka, who stood with state officials at the base of the Grand Staircase and spoke about the value of a progr…

Salem lands state housing grant » Wicked Local Salem With the state’s economic growth already feeling some drag due to workforce constraints, the Baker administration has set a goal of creating 135,000 new housing units by 2025. Cities and towns,…

Human Services

Officials Mark Positive Changes At Bridgewater State Hospital » WBUR It's been one year since a private company took over operations at the harshest mental health facility in Massachusetts, and many say that's led to a transformation at Bridgewater State Hospital that …

Immigration

Hodgson: 'People dying almost every day at hands of illegals' » South Coast Today Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson traveled to the nation’s capital Wednesday to voice support for the program that allows local law enforcement to partner with Immigration and Customs Enfor…

Judiciary

Sentence in heroin case draws criticism » Gloucester Daily Times Judge Timothy Feeley pointed to Manuel Soto-Vittini's lack of a criminal record as one of the reasons for his controversial decision to spare the admitted heroin and cocaine dealer from serving prison…

Jury selection underway in trial of former BPS dean accused of shooting student over drug sales » Boston Globe

Attorney wins seat on Housing Court » The Salem News The Governor's Council on Wednesday approved two nominees for Housing Court judgeships, part of Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to expand the reach of that court.…

Donovan on track for Brighton clerk magistrate post » State House News Service Eric Donovan has worked for two powerhouses in Boston politics, and is now poised to join Brighton District Court as clerk magistrate.…

Labor

Despite promises, some low-paid nursing home workers are still waiting for wage increases » Boston Globe Nearly two years after Massachusetts lawmakers approved $35.5 million in public money to boost wages for the lowest-paid nursing home workers — who care for some of the state’s most frai…

Legislative

Lowell lawmaker accused of attacking rival » Boston Globe State Representative Rady Mom already appeared to be facing a bumpy road to reelection this year after he drew three Democratic primary challengers. But that path is about to get messier for the Lowel…

Framingham Democrats meet Sunday to discuss Walsh seat » Wicked Local Framingham The Democratic Town Committee will meet Sunday and vote on whether to fill the 6th Middlesex state representative seat formerly held by the late Christopher Walsh by holding a caucus or to instead let…

Framingham to hold memorial service for state Rep. Chris Walsh » Wicked Local Framingham The city will hold a memorial service June 9 to celebrate the life of state Rep. Chris Walsh, who died earlier this month at age 66. The event, scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on the steps of the Mem…

Local Government

Norton schools to lose 30 employees under newly passed town budget » The Sun Chronicle The newly passed town budget for the coming fiscal year will cost the school department 30 positions, two-thirds of them in the lunch program and the remainder mostly teachers.…

Marijuana

Marijuana businesses are coming, but they still face challenges » Boston Globe With the expected start of Massachusetts recreational marijuana sales just weeks away, you might think cannabis companies would be giddy, eager to pocket their slice of a market that could be worth up…

'When opportunity comes, it's usually too late': Minority-owned marijuana businesses confronted by municipal indifference, 'chaos' » The Republican The state's marijuana oversight board awarded Kirby Mastrangelo priority to license her marijuana business under an "economic empowerment" program, because Mastrangelo plans to employ people who have …

Marijuana home delivery eyed for Holyoke by proposed dispensary » The Republican Canna Provisions Inc. is the name of a company that wants to run a recreational marijuana dispensary at 380R Dwight St. with home delivery capabilities.…

Charlton board OKs pact for huge pot grower at orchard » Worcester Telegram Selectmen have approved a host and development agreement for marijuana cultivation and sales as part of a $100 million project planned for Charlton Orchards land.…

With license phase nearing, business applications flow into CCC » State House News Service

Opinion

Off-peak toll discount pilot program deserves a shot » Boston Globe Everyone loves a discount. At least, that’s the theory behind a proposal by Transportation for Massachusetts, a transit advocacy group, that they believe represents a politically viable way to …

Canada’s crucial investment in tech and innovation » Boston Globe The world is in the throes of a huge shift to a knowledge-based economy, driven by the creation of ideas and their translation into commercial value.…

Trying to navigate the cold, confusing health insurance maze » Boston Globe If you are young and on medication, and the approval of your peers is your life nutrient, then an unsightly side-effect — in this case, drooling — is unacceptable. Fortunately, there is …

Our View: Stop shaking down kids for their lunch money » Eagle Tribune It’s disappointing that Massachusetts lawmakers don’t have time to ensure children in arrears in their school lunch accounts can still get a hot meal in the cafeteria. Of course, it's ce…

Moran: It's a good time for Fall River to hire a tourism director » The Herald News My guess is that this column won’t win me any friends. And I’m OK with that. If I receive the approval of readers – and by that, I mean if I offer an opinion with which they gener…

With marijuana laws New Marlborough is on the precipice of change » the Berkshire edge The recently enacted state law, pertaining to the marijuana industry, has put New Marlborough on the precipice of significant change. Many residents in the Town of New Marlborough are counting on the …

Viewpoint: The unconstitutional millionaire's tax proposal » Boston Business Journal

Mount Ida is a classic Boston story: Steeped in insider politics, secrecy, and faux outrage » Boston Globe

Politics

3rd District Democratic ballot grows » Lowell Sun Two more Democrats announced they officially made the 3rd Congressional District ballot Wednesday, bringing the total of candidates on the ballot up to nine ahead of the primary election. …

When Democratic candidates for governor debate, they may take their gloves off » Boston Globe For the duo of Democrats challenging Charlie Baker, Thursday afternoon’s debate will mark the first time they could be rewarded for their zingers against each other — instead of whoever …

Framingham Democrats meet Sunday to strategize about Walsh seat » The Metro West Daily News The Democratic Town Committee will meet Sunday and vote on whether to fill the 6th Middlesex state representative seat formerly held by the late Christopher Walsh by holding a caucus or to instead let…

Campaign notebook: Diehl says he supports Baker for governor » Worcester Telegram Before the recent Massachusetts Republican State Convention, a letter to delegates endorsing Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito for re-election was signed by every Republican state lawmaker …

At Worcester forum, GOP Senate hopefuls press case against Warren » The Metro West Daily News Would Massachusetts’ Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls vote for Donald Trump were the presidential election held today? The question was asked of the three candidates at a Republican meet-and-gre…

3 Berkshire District Attorney candidates have their say at Pittsfield debate » Berkshire Eagle The three candidates for Berkshire District Attorney squared off Wednesday evening, focusing on the fairness of the criminal justice system, prosecutorial professionalism, handling domestic violence c…

Candidate Sam Meas accuses Rep. Rady Mom of physical attack » Lowell Sun A challenger to state Rep. Rady Mom is accusing Mom of choking him at a party at Pailin City Restaurant earlier this month.…

Lowell rep race to spill into court after restaurant incident » State House News Service Lowell Rep. Rady Mom already appeared to be facing a bumpy road to re-election this year after he drew three Democratic primary challengers. But that path is about to get messier.…

Seven Democrats on 3rd District ballot » Lowell Sun Seven Democrats are now on the ballot for the 3rd Congressional District primary election, and that number is likely to increase in the coming weeks.…

Baker helping Tedeschi raise $$$ for Congressional bid » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker doesn't want to campaign for himself just yet, but he's alright with the idea of campaigning for others.…

North Andover man announces bid for 14th Essex state rep seat » Eagle Tribune Ryan Losco has announced his candidacy for state representative of the 14th Essex District.…

Gov. Baker helping GOP candidate looking to challenge Rep. Keating » The Herald News

How Capeless plotted succession plan » Commonwealth Magazine

Public Health

House passes bill raising tobacco purchasing age to 21 » Shrewsbury Post In addition to imposing new age restrictions for tobacco purchases, House Bill 4479, An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction, would also ban tobacco sales at he…

Bruschi throws muscle behind tobacco, stroke bills » Lowell Sun

State Government

Four Mass. towns to weigh state emblem depicting Native American » The Recorder Four Franklin County towns will be weighing in on the state seal and flag depicting a colonial broadsword over the head of an American Indian.…

Transportation

Higher fines on tap for handicapped parking violators » Andover Townsman Wheelchair user Justin Coppola Jr. of Andover can only shake his head in disgust when his biggest pet peeve happens. It's when someone is parked on the access aisle — a marked eight-foot stripe…

Keolis adding 4 more stops at Boston Landing » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR said that four additional trains will stop at Boston Landing Station starting Monday to accommodate increased passenger traffic, which advocates for a proposed…

A third airline could join JetBlue and American to offer flights out of Worcester Regional Airport » The Republican Following a year of major announcements for Worcester Regional Airport, officials are hopeful that a third airline offering a fifth destination could be coming to the airport.…

Gas pains » Commonwealth Magazine

Utilities

Editorial: National Grid shoe drops on Heath » The Recorder Electric utilities like National Grid and FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. pay taxes on the poles, towers and generating facilities they own in each town. Every five years, the value of this infrastruc…

State grants $76,020 for Kingston wastewater treatment plant projects » Wicked Local Kingston With funding from the state, Kingston can make improvements at its wastewater treatment plant to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency.…

Exelon sets its price for keeping Everett plants open » Commonwealth Magazine EXELON GENERATION told federal regulators on Wednesday that it is willing to keep operating two power plants and a liquefied natural gas facility in Everett from 2022 to 2024 if the company is allowed…

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